DE­SIGNER Q&A

P760’s power, for­give­ness and feel tech­nolo­gies ex­plained... by the man who de­signed them.

Golf World (UK) - - NEW PRODUCTS TO BUY - Tomo Byst­edt DIREC­TOR OF PROD­UCT CRE­ATION FOR TAYLORMADE

What have you seen from ini­tial player test­ing with the new P760?

The long and mid irons have shown im­proved for­give­ness and dis­tance, while not com­pro­mis­ing on a clean, com­pact look. On the short irons, the play­ers saw very con­sis­tent per­for­mance com­pared to P750 in terms of dis­tance and work­a­bil­ity but im­proved turf in­ter­ac­tion.

How sig­nif­i­cant is the new lead­ing edge and sole de­sign?

The new lead­ing edge will show sim­i­lar per­for­mance to P750/ P770 in firm con­di­tions, but will have a bet­ter exit through the turf in nor­mal-to-softer con­di­tions and for any play­ers who are steeper in their an­gle of at­tack. We also know that bet­ter play­ers pre­fer a straighter lead­ing edge on their irons, which the new lead­ing edge treat­ment pro­vides with­out hav­ing to cre­ate a sole ra­dius that is too flat.

How do you man­age the tran­si­tion from the clubs with SpeedFoam to those with­out?

The crit­i­cal junc­tion is the 7 to 8-iron, where we had to mimic the sound and feel of a one­piece forg­ing in the #8 with a hol­low con­struc­tion us­ing SpeedFoam in the #7. We achieved this by ad­just­ing the face thick­ness and in­te­rior sole di­men­sions to where the 7-iron pro­vided a very sim­i­lar CG lo­ca­tion, only a slight COR in­crease and very closely matched head acous­tics to the 8-iron. The fi­nal per­for­mance tun­ing came by ad­just­ing lofts to achieve op­ti­mal dis­tance gap­ping through­out the set.

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